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British Musical Legend Fumes Over Government’s Wind ‘Scam’

Famed lyricist SIR TIM RICE has taken aim at the government for backing wind turbine schemes, branding the environmental initiative “a scam”.

Prime Minister David Cameron’s coalition government wants renewable sources to provide 15 per cent of the energy supply by 2015, but the investment into wind farming has divided the country.

Rice admits he is not a fan of the scheme, and has even turned down big money offers to house wind turbines on his sprawling estate in Scotland.

He tells the Sunday Telegraph, “I recently declined to support a Conservative function because I’m so incensed about these wind turbines. Like all so-called climate-change doubters, I am very pro the environment, but I strongly believe that it is something that can only be cured locally. Some insane overall scheme isn’t going to cure all the problems. And the money that is wasted!

“As a landowner in Scotland, I’ve been offered vast amounts of money to stick up wind turbines, which not only will make me richer, it will make less well-off people poorer, and will damage the environment. These schemes aren’t doing any good – just making rich people richer, and it’s depressing to see great areas of these useless objects up there.

“It’s a scam – a con – and until the government has the brains to actually say, hang on, we’ve got it wrong, this is a total economic and environmental error, then I find it hard to give total support to them.”

New Magazine, 26 March 2012

 

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Sir Tim Rice says he is “de-cluttering” as we walk through the vast garden of his London home towards his office. There, amid cricket books piled high and a collection of impressive royal portraits on the walls (a hobby he has been indulging for 30 years) are two huge boxes filled with gold discs and gongs from his career as a lyricist, which has spanned five decades and produced musicals including Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar and The Lion King.

His three Oscars, however, have escaped the spring clean and reside at his home in Cornwall, where they serve as candlesticks for his cricket dinners. Next month, he will need to find another inch of mantelpiece when he is honoured at the Olivier Awards for his “outstanding contribution to musical theatre”.

“I’m not quite sure what it’s for,” he says. “It’s a sort of ‘better give him an award before he disappears completely’ award and those normally imply: ‘It’s all over, goodnight.’ But it’s nice to win them, and I’m pleased that they do recognise the lyricists occasionally.” […]

Sir Tim says that he was “quite happy to let my time go to other things than just writing lyrics”, taking on presidency of the MCC and doing a few “hired hand” jobs. “But I do sort of think, blimey, what on earth have I been doing for the last 10 years?”

Falling out of love with the Conservatives, for starters. Once a stalwart party donor and fundraiser, his support has waned as the Tories’ enthusiasm has grown for “insane” policies such as supporting and subsidising wind farms.

“I recently declined to support a Conservative function because I’m so incensed about these wind turbines. Like all so-called climate-change doubters, I am very pro the environment, but I strongly believe that it is something that can only be cured locally. Some insane overall scheme isn’t going to cure all the problems. And the money that is wasted! As a landowner in Scotland [Sir Tim owns the 33,000-acre Dundonnell estate in Wester Ross on the west coast], I’ve been offered vast amounts of money to stick up wind turbines, which not only will make me richer, it will make less well-off people poorer, and will damage the environment. These schemes aren’t doing any good – just making rich people richer, and it’s depressing to see great areas of these useless objects up there.

“It’s a scam – a con – and until the Government has the brains to actually say, hang on, we’ve got it wrong, this is a total economic and environmental error, then I find it hard to give total support to them.”

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